Cosponsor Update on the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act
Contact your Members on Congress Right Away; Only Two Weeks before Congress Adjourns for Recess
December 8, 2015 10:13 AM
Members of Congress continue to sign on as cosponsors of the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act (S. 578/H.R. 1342) in order to allow non-physician practitioners (NPPs) to certify Medicare home health services. The Senate version now has a total of 42 bipartisan cosponsors, and the House version has a total of 161 bipartisan cosponsors.
On December 1, Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) joined the legislation as a cosponsor. In the House, on December 3, Congressman Scott Rigell (R-VA-2) joined the legislation as a cosponsor.
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) encourages everyone to act now to encourage your members to cosponsor the bill, as time is running out before the end of the year. There are only two workweeks left before December 18 when Congress is scheduled to adjourn for recess until 2016. NAHC is especially focused on increasing the number of cosponsors in the Senate, in addition to cosponsors in the House. Please click here to see the list of Senators who have cosponsored the bill, and here for the list of Representatives who have cosponsored the bill. If any of your members have not yet cosponsored the legislation, please use NAHC’s Legislative Action Center to request that they to do so.
The legislation is a top priority for the home care and hospice community as more and more Medicare beneficiaries rely on NPPs as their primary care provider, especially in rural regions of the nation. Additional cosponsors will help build momentum to advance the legislation through the committee process and to receive a score from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).
NAHC recently completed a survey on the role of NPPs in home care, and released a report on the findings of the survey in support of the legislation (to view the report, see previous NAHC Report article here).
Stay tuned to NAHC Reportfor additional updates on this legislation.